Liz' s Musings's

Liz's musings on life – mostly her kids though.

Why do I blog? July 31, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 1:16 pm

There has been a lot of chatter out on the internet on why people blog, blogging with integrity, and the like. Some of it is tied to the big women’s blogging conference that took place last weekend in Chicago, BlogHer. All of that talk got me thinking … (shut up you!) … why do I blog? Writing has never been my forte, or so I thought. I have been in the accounting profession since I started college. One doesn’t normally associate accountants with writing. Now this is not to say that I consider myself a “writer”. I consider myself a “blogger”, or one who keeps a web log. It is more a stream of consciousness than a concerted effort to tell a specific story. Be thankful that you don’t get everything that rolls around in my head.

So back to the story … in 1994 I got on e-mail. Let’s bow our heads in silence for a moment because CompuServe is officially gone. I thought e-mail was cool because I could communicate with people but not in real time. This was handy when I was travelling a lot. Unfortunately in the beginning not a lot of people had e-mail. Regardless, I could compose e-mail, hence my ability to write something. Fast forward nine years and I am back in school to get that damn degree and I have to write paper after paper after paper after paper. I got A’s on most, if not all of them. Ok, accounting isn’t exactly the most exciting subject matter but I could string a bunch of sentences together and have them all make sense. At some point I felt like I had something to say. I also wanted to chronicle part of Christopher’s life because the scrapbooking thing wasn’t going anywhere (I still don’t have baby books for either him or Sarah!). Then there was keeping in touch with friends and family. Not that I have a bazillion friends but it was hard to keep up with the few that I have.

When Yahoo came out with their 360 environment I was intrigued and in January 2006 (according to the oldest post from the WordPress list) I stuck my toe into the waters of blogging. My sister was the first person to comment on my blog. Thomas was the second. Over the last three years most of my friends started reading. Some read every post, others drop in from time-to-time. But that seems to be how friendships are; some people you see a lot and others less frequently. I think it’s kind of cool that I can write this here one post and it’s available for everyone to read and comment on.

There were some good conversations in the comment section of my blog when it was on Yahoo. Some of that transferred to Facebook, which is nice because friends I know from different aspects of my life have been able to meet one another virtually.

There is also a lot of talk out there on the internet that Facebook and Twitter will make blogs vanish. I don’t think so. While there are a whole bunch of people I follow on Twitter and Facebook because I read their blogs, there are a whole bunch who have nothing to do with my blogging world. Some are political (yeah strange, right?) and some are local people & businesses. To me Facebook is more of a community and my blog is where I can dump my brain into little electrons. So while my blog is a way for me to get things out of my head, it is also for you, my friends (and my sister), to stay connected with me even though I am 500 miles away from most of you. It’s for Mary because I can’t get my ass across town, which is lame but thank goodness she understands!

I probably need to stick a bunch of paragraph separators in this post but WordPress only lets you see six lines at a time and I am too dang lazy to preview this and then format it. [After posting] Damn, that really sucks. Ok, I put some paragraphs in it. I think it looks a little better.

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Christopher’s 4th Birthday – sorta late July 29, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 1:07 pm

I wrote this last Monday and I am just now getting around to posting it …

Christopher is having so much fun with his birthday! But I don’t think he even gets the fact that it is the anniversary of the day he was born. First he kept saying that Sunday was his birthday because he had a little party in the park with one of his daycare friends. We kept trying to tell him that his birthday is Monday. But he has very little sense of the passing of time. Everything is still “s’morning” even if it is a year ago. We’ve been having fun spreading out the gifts. He got one present from his buddy at the park right after lunch. Then right before bed he got his pressies from Auntie Rhonda. This morning he got pressies from us. And tonight he’ll get more from GramE, grandma & grandpa, and Micah. I think this helps him remember who gave him things.

I just shared this with a co-worker …

Rhonda and I had just gotten out of the car and were heading towards the house when she said, “Oh my god!” I was all, “What???”, thinking something was stolen or broken, and her response was, “Your hair is grey!” It’s always nice when your *older* sister comments on your grey hair! Where’ve you been for the last 18 years?!? Granted I did henna my hair for a long time but the last time I henna’d my hair was *before* Christopher was born! And since she visits every summer, you’d think she’d notice before now. Jonah gave me some henna for my birthday a couple of years ago. Maybe I’ll have to find 4 or 5 hours and colour my hair. Or maybe I’ll have a nap. Or maybe I’ll do both or neither.

[end of pre-written stuff]

As part of Christopher’s birthday present every year he gets to go to the doctor for his annual checkup and torture shots. He was such a trooper when he got shots, especially since the second one was … gah, I can’t even think about it! So we gave him a choice for a treat … a donut or ice cream. Donut it is! He loves chocolate donuts with sprinkles.

Here are his stats:

Height – 44.5 inches which puts him in the 99th percentile
Weight – 42.4 lbs which puts him in the 88th percentile

In case you have been living under a rock, which given this heat might be a good idea, it is damn hot here in the Pacific Northwest! We have been having triple digit temperatures for DAYS! I nearly melted when I was outside eating lunch. Last night we took Sarah to the McKenzie river to cool off and get out of the house. I have to say that sitting in a river that is probably about 60 degrees does wonders to offset the 108 degree temperatures! We ate KFC for dinner (those honey BBQ snackers are good) and fresh picked blackberries for dessert (thanks honey!) Sarah’s favorite thing to do is lick wet rocks. Gross. Hopefully we can do this again this evening because it is just damn hot outside!

 

What I am expected to know July 15, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 6:38 pm

When I was single I was expected to know about my life and my cat’s life. Not too difficult. I had my condo/house, I had a job, I had Julie & Dave (and the girls) … mostly that was it. I did family stuff occasionally. I did stuff with my son’s godparents sometimes (they were friends of mine *way* before I got married). But still mostly that was it. I had one checking account, one car, one pet, one job and again that was mostly it. I felt pretty smart that I could keep on top of all of that.

Fast forward to now. Someone at work asked me if Thomas was joining my mom and me for lunch. I said no because he had a “thing” in Pleasant Hill. Our Exec Admin looked at me like I was mental and said, “Thing?” I said, “Yeah, “thing”.” It was too hard to explain. Thomas is involved with a lot of organizations and goes to various meetings, training, and the like. Half of the time I don’t even know what the event is about. Rather than have to explain this, I just say he’s at a “thing”. It’s my word.

Now that Jonah is out of high school I don’t even bother to track what he’s up to. The only thing I need to know is will he be home for dinner and is he cooking? If someone want’s to know where he is, in my world he is either “in” or “out”. He is usually “out”. If he is “out” it is not up to me to know where he is.

Micah was only involved in band this last school year so I only needed to know about regular school events and band events, not that I went to anything. I am the “stay home” parent because of the little kids. Thomas went to his events. But I still needed to know about them. There were band concerts, events the band played at, and band fundraisers along with the usual school events.

Christopher usually spends two nights a week at my in-law’s house. They love him and he loves them. And we save some money on daycare. It’s a win-win-win for us. But he doesn’t always go on the same day and then there are times I have to coordinate where he gets dropped off. In the fall and spring there are four weeks of soccer each. And nap time, let us not forget about nap time. That has to be planned into the weekend. Thankfully he is old enough so if he misses a nap occasionally it won’t kill us. We may want to kill ourselves, but that passes.

Sarah just has daycare and naps. But since I’m me I just started a spreadsheet to keep track of the words she knows. I have one for Christopher too. I don’t keep that up but it was nice to see the upward progression of vocabulary.

We have a house with a front and back yard, 4 bank accounts plus the kids’ accounts, two cars, two pets, and I have a job. And people wonder why I don’t know what day of the week it is or where my husband is. I think I’m doing pretty well because at least I know where I am!

 

My first post on WordPress July 14, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 6:46 pm

I’ve been having the weirdest feeling lately that I am living in a parallel universe while I am living here. My mind has glimpses of things I am doing while I am doing whatever I am currently doing. The bummer is they are minute, fraction of a second flashes that do not give me enough time to savor them. I am curious to know what else I am capable of doing, or at least what my parallel self is capable of doing. Sometimes I think they are not a parallel self but a who I was in another time. Maybe that explains my desire to go to Africa, not Africa now but Africa as it was in 1913. A part of me would like to live where there is no technology … toilets yes, internet no. I think this is why I like growing vegetables. I miss having a plot of earth that produces food. Not that I have a green thumb or anything but I enjoyed planting seeds and seedlings, watering them, and watching them grow. At the moment we don’t have enough sun in any one area, save the bottom of the driveway in an odd triangular spot, to grow much of anything besides herbs and lettuce. Thomas says we would have more sun if we cut down a couple of the fir trees.They’re a danger to our house because they are old and getting unstable. We just don’t have the money to do it right now.

The word random keeps coming up in conversation. Random events; something is random; and I finally remembered the phrase, random walk. It was mentioned in a talk that also mentioned critical mass. I remembered critical mass but couldn’t remember the random walk theory (I think it was a theory.) One blogger/artist I follow doesn’t like the word random any more because it is overused. I don’t know that I agree with her but I really like her because she likes Trader Joe’s as much, if not more, than I do.

I’ve been wondering if Facebook and/or Twitter have eliminated my desire to keep up a blog. I think it’s more about not having a lot to say. I hate to sound like a cliche but I think having kids sucks the life out of you in some respects. I don’t think it has anything to do with being a SAHM or a WOHM but the fact that kids need 100% of your attention 100% of the time, especially when they’re little. The only things my brain has been able to come up with are short Facebook status updates. Talking in 140 characters on Twitter has been NO problem! I think that’s why I feel like the creativity has been sucked out of me too. Mary came over a couple of weeks ago and we made easy books. It was fun but … meh. I didn’t derive the same joy out of it like I used to. Can you find your mojo? Or does it have to find you? How do you find it our how do you put yourself in its path so it finds you? Man, I don’t even want to plan Christopher’s birthday party on Sunday. I started though. I have plates, cups, napkins, goodie bag, some goodies and I know where to buy the cake. I really do not like dealing things that have logistics issues. What is up with that?

Non-sequiter … we watched two lame movies on Lifetime yesterday, 7 things to do before I’m 30 and Maneater both made for TV. The first one was cute and a nice bit of fluff for a stormy Sunday afternoon. The second one was all over the map but I kept watching it because I like Sarah Chalke. She’s really funny or maybe she has a good sense of comedic timing. Thomas objected when we started watching a third movie … something with Heather Locklear trying to play someone just turning 40. It was one of those “cougar” movies. Someone ended up turning off the tv. Good thing too.

[Later] I wrote this post a couple of days ago but am now just getting around to posting it. Yesterday I noticed the word “random” used at least 6 times last night. Very strange …

 

Hello world! July 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 5:39 am

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

I thought I would keep this so I would remember when I transitioned from Yahoo 360 to WordPress.